Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Rosalyn Black


This unit studies the educational policy and practice interface, critically analysing national and Victorian educational policy and discourses around social justice. It examines the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008), the draft Australian Curriculum (2011) and NAPLAN testing and the Social Inclusion Principles for Australia as attempts to redress socioeconomic disadvantage and advance social justice and inclusion. It examines federal and state policies and the ways they are enacted at classroom level. The focus is on constructive ways of developing and improving curriculum and pedagogy to enhance learning outcomes and life futures for all students.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • describe the key national and Victorian policies pertaining to social justice, social equity and social inclusion
  • critically analyse the role of schooling and teaching in social justice, social equity and social inclusion
  • investigate the ways in which social justice, social equity and social inclusion policies and discourses are taken up at school and classroom levels
  • identify and critique curriculum and pedagogical practices that advance social inclusion and enhance the life futures for all students
  • imagine and outline a professional teaching practice that aligns with social justice, social equity and social inclusion.


10 days placement


Assessment task 1: Essay (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Inquiry Learning Project (2000 words, 50%)

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Contact hours

12 hours per week (equivalent)